A Brief History of the Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of North and South America and the British Isles


“The Diocese for Western Europe of that Old Calendarist Greek Orthodox Church which (after receiving a Hierarchy with the aid of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia) was united under Archbishops Akakios and Auxentios. This Diocese was granted a Tomos of Autonomy as a Synod for the Western World in 1984 from Archbishop Auxentios in order to pursue missionary work among the non-Orthodox people of the West. The title of the Synod at this time was the Metropolia of Western Europe. After the transference of its first Chief Hierarch, Metropolitan Gabriel of Portugal, to the Autocephalous Church of Poland, Bishop Evloghios of Milan was chosen as second Chief Hierarch. Ten years later, Metropolitan Evloghios remains at the helm of the Holy Synod of Bishops. The Milan Synod uses the Julian calendar exclusively, and firmly resists the heresies of false ecumenism and trans-religious syncretism.”

— From the original Milan Synod Website

Within the formation of Orthodox parishes in Western Europe and the Americas over the last century, one finds two strains of thought, both of which have a legitimate place in Orthodoxy due to the ecclesial realities of missionary migration and ethnic reawakening to long-lost Christian heritage. One can find these two roles in the Russian Saint Innocent of Kamchatka and the Aleutian Islands, who wrote the first document, a Christian catechism, in a Native American Language, and Dr. Joseph Overbeck, a former Roman Catholic priest who established the practical ecclesiological basis for a native Western Orthodoxy to form. From this history, detached somewhat from the tragedy of the Russian Revolution and the Western experiments of the Antiochian Archdiocese in recent decades, comes forth the story of the Holy Synod of Milan. But, first, we need a little additional background.

  A Struggle for the Faith: What We Fight For And What We Oppose

In the 20th century, Orthodox Christianity began to experience many profound assaults upon its very nature. We can often label these assaults into three general, distinct, though, connected, categories: 1) Ecumenism, 2) Modernism, and 3) Sergianism.

Orthodox Christianity teaches that the Orthodox Christian Church is the One and only True Church Founded by Our Lord God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. As such, we seek to propagate the Gospel and Apostolic teachings to all men, so that all might come to the truth and be saved; noting that, as Our Lord Jesus Christ taught, “He who endures to the end will be saved.” The Orthodox Christian life is a continual working out of our salvation with fear and trembling, until we come to, through repentance and struggle, to the place of the Blessed, Paradise with Christ, and, after, to the Heavenly City, the New Jerusalem, after the Resurrection and Last Judgment.

For these reasons, the Holy Church, the Body of Christ, gives us the Holy Mysteries of Baptism, Chrismation, and the Eucharist, and, when Her members fail, we have the Mystery of Confession and the Mystery of Unction; we have also the Mystery of Holy Orders for continuation of the Sacramental life, as well as many other sacred rites, such as Monasticism, Blessing of Water, etc. By the Grace of God in the Holy Mysteries, and the prayers of Our Sovereign Lady, the Holy Blessed Theotokos and Glorious Ever-Virgin Mary, with all the Saints, and in conformity with the Holy Scriptures, Councils, Fathers, Saints, Sacred Services, we live the Orthodox Christian life.

Because the Church wishes to safeguard Her Holy Apostolic Tradition, since sound doctrine provides salvation, keeping safe those within Her Bosom, Guarding the Apostolic Deposit, keeping the Dogmas of the Faith pure, not only for those within, but also for the sake of those outside, so that they may find a place of refuge in the Church, the Ark of Salvation, the Church thus continually battles the great enemy of mankind, the evil one, the devil and his hosts of fallen angels, as well as teaching Her members to resists the sins of the flesh and the world. The devil goes about, as St. Peter said, as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. The devil and the demons attack man, but, with God’s Grace, if we resist them, they will flee.

For all these reasons, the Church rejects the heresies of Ecumenism, Modernism, and Sergianism.

Ecumenism teaches that the Orthodox Christian Church is not the one and only True Church; it proclaims that the ‘union of the churches’ is ‘not impeded by dogmatic’ differences, in contravention to the teachings of the Holy Scriptures and Fathers. It further says that joint-prayers and services with the non-Orthodox, and sharing of the Sacraments with them is acceptable. All of these statements are incompatible with Orthodox Christianity; because we seek to preserve the Faith, and to teach men to follow Christ in truth, we cannot abide by a false love which does not seek to explain that men must be part of the Lord’s Church. It is not out of hatred to the non-Orthodox that we refuse joint-prayers and services with them, but, as the Apostles, Fathers, and Saints taught, out of a desire to safeguard our ownselves from corruption of doctrine and practice, and, to serve as a testimony to all who will listen or observe, that the Church is One in Faith, and all must accept the Truth of Christ’s Orthodox Church for salvation. For this reason, the Orthodox Church condemns the heresy of Ecumenism in all its forms, and the Holy Synod of our Metropolia resists this heresy, and our Bishops will not abide it.

The heresy of Modernism is also condemned as detrimental to the Orthodox Christian Faith. Modernism teaches that the books of the Holy Scriptures are full of the most base errors and deviations, lies, fables, fictions, mixed with some truth. Modernism teaches that the Traditions of the Church are not to be trusted, even though approved by the Holy Ecumenical Councils and universally approved Local Councils; Modernism also casts doubt on the authority of the united consensus of the Fathers and the liturgical books of the Church. Modernism is a spirit that teaches that ‘modern man’ knows better than the countless Saints in terms of the Truths of the Orthodox Christian Faith. Thus, while there may be minor scribal errors in copying manuscripts, the Fathers have never taken such mere human mistakes as reasons to deny the veracity of the Scriptures. The same approach of the Saints must be taken as to the other parts of the Tradition of the Church; although we may find mistakes of copyists here or there, in terms of the works of the Fathers, etc., this does not deny the veracity of their teachings. Modernism has also been called “Renovationism”.

Sergianism is the evil teaching that the Church can be subject to atheist God-hating authority, and that the Church can proclaim that the ‘joys’ of such so-called authorities are the ‘joy’s of the Church; a proposition which stands in open conflict with all basic premises of moral and doctrinal order. This is most famously represented in the soi-disant Patriarch of Moscow, Sergius.

  Standing Up For Orthodoxy and Resistance to the Destruction of Tradition

It was amidst the assaults of all these heresies and their infiltration into the Orthodox Church in various stages (led by Freemasons, often), that a great revival and movement of the Orthodox Christians transpired, in Greece, Russia, and Romania. Eventually this movement spread to the Americas, Western Europe, and beyond. In Greece, the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the State Church of Greece, forgetting the old Tradition of the Fathers, sought for reasons of Ecumenism and Modernism, to impose the Gregorian New Calendar upon the Orthodox Christian Church. This change was opposed by the faithful laity, monastics, clergy, and some Bishops. This ‘reform’ of the Calendar had previous been condemned by the Church for centuries. In the 1920 Encyclical of Constantinople, entitled “To the Churches of Christ Everywhere”, the modernist-ecumenists proclaimed that the New Calendar was to be forced upon the Orthodox Church in order to unite with the heterodox.

By the 1930s, Orthodox Christian Bishops in Greece, along with multitudes of clergy, laity, and monastics, had, after years of pleading with the innovating hierarchs, been forced by necessity to separate and wall-themselves off from the offending hierarchs. However, by the 1950s and 1960s, due to persecution and internal conflicts, the True Orthodox Christians of Greece were in danger, since the majority no longer had Bishops. It was at this time that Bishops of the Russian Church Abroad decided to aid them. They consecrated additional Bishops for the True Orthodox (Old Calendar) Greek Church in 1962, the first of which was the well-known Archbishop Akakios, who became the first hierarch of the Greek Church. By 1969 the Russian Church Abroad and the True Orthodox Christian (Old Calendar) Church of Greece had entered into formal, full, and open communion, during the tenure of the successor to Archbishop Akakios, the Archbishop Auxentios. The communion was based upon their common opposition to Ecumenism, Modernism, and Sergianism.

Abp. Leonty of Chile (ROCOR) assisted Abp. Akakios of Athens (GOC) in 1962 in Consecrating Bishops for Greece.

Archbishop Seraphim of Chicago (ROCOR), one of the Consecrators of Abp. Akakios of Athens

Bp. Theophil (Ionescu), a Romanian Bishop under ROCOR, assisted Abp. Seraphim in Consecrating Abp. Akakios (Pappas) of Athens in 1962.

Elsewhere in the world, in Romania, Russia, Georgia, and other lands, similar struggles were underway.

We now enter into the history of our Synod proper.

Revival of Orthodox Sees in the West

The gradual establishment of Traditional Orthodox communities, formed primarily of converts in the West, was a fact not lost on Archbishop Auxentios of Athens (+1994), who first established a West European Diocese  in 1978 with the election of Archimandrite Gabriel to the Episcopate of Lisbon.  Fr. Gabriel Roche was Consecrated Bishop of Lisbon, Portugal, in 1978 by Bishops of the Synod of the True Orthodox Church of Greece:

After the 1978 Consecration service for Metropolitan Gabriel of Lisbon. Metropolitan Gabriel is in front, but, behind him is Archbishop Auxentios of Athens and Metropolitan Kallistos of Corinth.


Six years later, a second Bishop, Tiago of Coimbra, was consecrated for Western Europe.

Cherothonia (Consecration) Document for Bp. Tiago (James) of Coimbra in 1984


Metropolitan Gabriel of Lisbon and Bishop Tiago of Coimbra, visiting Hierarchs in Greece.


Again, on the 9th and the 23rd of September (Old Style), as well as September 30th, the Bishops elevated Bishop Evlogius to the See of Milan, Italy, and Bishop Gregorio (Bacolini) to the see of Turin, Italy, as well as Bishop Theodore of Evora.

Consecration of Bishop Evloghios of Milan in 1984.

Archbishop Gregorio (+1996) of Turin shown on the right.

With this blessing, the Synod of the West grew well beyond its  boundaries in Portugal at a rapid rate, while the Synod in Greece began to fall apart through repeated schisms.

Fearing that the disturbances then rocking the True Orthodox Church in Greece would spill over into the Western European Diocese, Archbishop Auxentios, on September 27th, 1984, issued a Tomos of Autonomy to the Western European Bishops. Archbishop Auxentios of Athens personally wrote the Tomos himself with his own hand.


Below is an image of the Greek original, and then a brief English translation.

Greek text of the Tomos of Autonomy to the Synod granted by Archbishop Auxentios of Athens in 1984.


I, Auxentius, by God’s grace Archbishop of Athens and all

Greece, acting within the boundaries of our territory of

Western Europe (which I created on June 7, 1978) have

decided to give permission to the Metropolia of Portugal,

Spain and Western Europe to govern itself, having as their

principal headquarters the God-protected metropolitan

city of Lisbon. This Metropolis will be under the direction

of the GOC of Greece.

P.S. The above Metropolitan with his vicar bishops is

obliged to present himself to the Hierarchical Synod each

October 13.


The Autonomous Orthodox Synod in the West continued to recognize Archbishop Auxentios as the legitimate True Orthodox Christian Archbishop of Athens. At the same time, our Synod maintained its missionary attitude to the spread of Orthodoxy among the peoples of the West whose ancestors had been Orthodox 1,000 years ago, while not neglecting friendship and aid to peoples who come from ethnic groups that had maintained Orthodoxy in the past few centuries, such as Russians, Greeks, Ukrainians, and others (as well as to those who were coming to Orthodoxy for the first time). Above all things, our Synod was and is a missionary Synod.

In 1989, however, Metropolitan Gabriel and his bishops in Portugal departed to World Orthodoxy, joining the Polish Orthodox Church, leaving the new Synod with the need to have a new Metropolitan to lead it. For this reason, the Western Synod elevated Bishop Evlogios of Milan to be Metropolitan, confirming the re-establishment of an Orthodox Episcopate in the see of St Ambrose for the first time since the schism of the West.  The new Archbishop of Milan was chosen as Primate of the Synod of the West (hence the popular title “Milan Synod”) and became known for a stance against ecumenism as well as frequent use of pre-schism Western services, something which was not well-understood within the Old Calendar community. 

In 1989, prior to the departure of Metropolitan Gabriel, then Bishop Evloghios had been instructed to write to Metropolitan Mystyslav of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Exile, which in 1991 became the Orthodox Patriarchate of Kyiv. After the departure of Met. Gabriel, a communion agreement was temporarily established. 

Archbishop Auxentios of Athens (+1994) with Metropolitan Evloghios and other clergy in Greece

The Synod also made a few attempts to mediate  the situation among the disparate factions of the True Orthodox Church in Greece. On one occasion it attempted to repair the situation with Metropolitan Cyprian of Fili and the other True Orthodox.  As such, Metropolitan Evloghios agreed to participate in a consecration of a Bishop to aid Metropolitan Cyprian, Bishop Chrysostomos of Etna:

Metropolitan Evloghios was involved as the Consecrator to the Episcopate for Met. Chrysostomos of Etna, at the request of Met. Cyprian of Oropos and Phyle. Met. Evloghios consented to helping Met. Cyprian consecrate additional Bishops.

Several visits were made, but, ultimately, the situation among the different fragmented Synods in Greece proved too difficult in that age to overcome. 

In 1994, Patriarch Volodymyr, a former dissident clergyman , recognized the autonomy granted by Archbishop Auxentios and confirmed it with his blessing before his death in 1995.

Sadly, however, the situation in Ukraine was to show to be similar to the one in Greece, as the Patriarchate of Kyiv would eventually split into factions.  This factionalization forced the Bishops of the Synod of Milan to separate from the newly-elected Patriarch, former Bishop Filaret (Denisenko, of the Moscow Patriarchate.)

Our Orthodox Church in the West, however, after the repose of Archbishop Auxentios in 1994, however, recognized the election of the successor to Archbishop Auxentios, Archbishop Maximos, and concelebrated with him:

Our Church also again in 2001 re-affirmed the communion with the True Orthodox Church of Greece, under the presidency of Archbishop Maximos of Athens:


Despite the relationship with foreign Orthodox Churches in Greece and the former Soviet Union, the Synod maintained its firm missionary stance. This resulted in an event that would later provide safety for our Church amidst the rocky assaults on Orthodoxy that were to come.

Reception of American Clergy

In 1997, our Synod was petitioned by a small independent jurisdiction in the United States with two American bishops with their communities. These American bishops we know as the current Metropolitan John and Archbishop Hilarion.  These two bishops had been part of a small independent organization. We have to be careful not to conflate the history of this previous organization (i.e. “Synod of Orthodox Bishops of the Western Rite”) with Our Synod.

The American bishops petitioned to the Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia, and were given Correctional Ordination [‘re’-Ordination].  Certificate of Cherothesia (Correctional Ordination) for Archbishop [Metropolitan] John

Consecration of Bishop [later Metropolitan] John to the Episcopate in 1997 in Milan, by Metropolitan Evloghios and other Bishops of the synod.

From left to right: Bishop Basil, Bishop [later Metropolitan] John, Metropolitan Evloghios, and Bishop [later Archbishop] Hilarion


As such, our Synod maintains a traditional Orthodox (pre-Schism) Western rite, and opposes the usage of modern Roman Catholic and Anglican services in Orthodoxy. This does not mean an exclusive use of the Orthodox Western rite, anymore than we endorse an exclusive use of the Byzantine Orthodox ritual.  Both derive from Saints and Fathers, and are to be respected as long as they are done according to the manner and method of Orthodox Christian Saints who used them, abiding by the Dogmatic and Canonical Constitution of the Church, and the orders of the competent ecclesiastical authorities.  As such our Church maintains an integral and foundation commitment to Orthodox Western Rite of our Ancient Fathers.


One of the great Saints of the 20th century, St. John Maximovitch, was also a supporter of Orthodox Western Rite: 



In 2011, Archbishop John traveled with Hieromonk Phanurios to Milan. On the visit Archbishop John was formally elevated to the status of Metropolitan by Metropolitan Evlogius. Hieromonk Phanurios had previously been elected to serve as a vicar bishop to Metropolitan John, and was consecrated by Metropolitan John and Metropolitan Evloghios:

From left to right: fmr. Bp. Phanurios of Lincoln, Met. Evloghios of Milan, Met. John of New York

It was also during this event that Metropolitan Evlogios granted a Tomos of Autonomy to the Archdioceses in the Americas:

Unfortunate Troubles With Milan and the Break in Communion; The Banner of the Church Moves Forward Nevertheless

Following this Tomos of Autonomy, however, Metropolitan Evloghio declared that he was severing communion with the Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of North and South America and the British Isles, as well as the Avlona Synod of Greece, that he was in communion with him.  He then applied to join the Moscow Patriarchate.  During this time, many appeals were made to him to renounce this course and re-establish communion with his former Sister Synods.

This prompted Metropolitan John to release a Clergy Confession containing a concise statement of our Synod on key issues concerning Orthodox Christianity.

After what looked like an initial hope of Metropolitan Evloghios reconciling with his Sister Synods, the hope was soon shattered in early 2012. At this point, there was no hope of re-establishing Communion. The Moscow Patriarchate instructed Milan to transfer all of their churches in Italy into the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate, and, at the end, Metropolitan Evloghios would be accepted.  Later Metropolitan Evloghios was convinced by Bishop Abundius that they should renounce their Episcopal orders and ask only to be received as archimandrites.  Finally, after most of their Churches had been turned over to the MP, having broken Communion with all their Sister Synods (including our newly Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of the Americas and British Isles), Milan’s clergy in Italy were told they would not be received by the MP as clergy, but only as simple monks, after they agreed to sign over the main church in Milan and all other property to the Moscow Patriarchate.

However, during this period, and despite these sad events, our Autonomous Metropolia in the Americas, now on its own after the disintegration Milan, grew.  On Sunday, January 30 (OS) / February 12 (NS), His Grace, Bp CHRISTODOULOS of Miami and Cuba was consecrated by His Beatitude, Metropolitan JOHN of New York and Bp FANOURIUS of Lincoln at the Holy Archangels Parish of Lincoln, NE, with the assent of Archbishop HILARION of Texas, who could not attend.

Bishop CHRISTODOULOS of Miami and Cuba

Bishop Christodoulos of Miami

Later that year, on August 12 OS / August 25 NS, a Synod meeting and gathering of clergy of our Autonomous Orthodox Christian Metropolia was held on Mt. Overlook, Woodstock, NY, at the parish church of Holy Transfiguration. For a more detailed report of the discussion, see the “Report on the Meeting of Bishops and Clergy”.  On August 13 OS / August 26 NS, our current Archbishop Joseph of Edmonton, and our former Bishop Seraphim of Manhattan were received in our Metropolia through the rite of Cherothesia.

Archbishop Joseph of Edmonton, Canada.

In 2013, after their negotiations had totally failed with the Moscow Patriarchate, having destroyed the vast majority of any work accomplished in Italy, the former Metropolitan Evloghios and former Bishop Abundius, announced that they had ‘resumed’ the episcopate.  However, before this had been done, Metropolitan John had issued a tomos to the only Bishop in Italy that had not gone along with Metropolitan Evloghios’ submission to the Moscow Patriarchate. This last remaining Bishop was Metropolitan Onuphrius.  In fact, Metropolitan Evloghios had signed over all the legal titles and names of his Metropolia to Metropolitan Onuphrius. However, the situation in Italy, even with Metropolitan Onuphrius, proved problematic since, and the restoration of communion between Our Metropolia and Metropolitan Onuphrius has not been accomplished at this time.

At this point, the ‘resumed Synod’ of the former Metropolitan Evloghios and Bishop Abundius, instructed that all the former Synods they had been in communion with were to submit to them or be ‘deposed’.  In the United States and Canada, the reaction was one of simple disbelief in such a statement.  As a result, a detailed canonical analysis and statement were issued on the position of the former Metropolitan Evloghios and Bishop Abundius, stating that because they had renounced their Orders in an attempt to join the Moscow Patriarchate, they had committed blasphemy according to the Apostolic Canons and Canons of the Ecumenical Councils, and thus, could not simply ‘resume’ their Orders.  The report was issued by our Metropolia’s Committee for Inter-Orthodox and External Church Relations, on September 27 (OS) / October 10 (NS), 2013, chaired by the Metropolitan, with Hieromonk Enoch, Deacon Finbarr Brandt-Sorheim, and Deacon Joseph Suaiden also sitting on the Committee, with the approval of the Synod of Bishops.

Previous to this, in July 2015, the Metropolitan’s Office issued an “Open Letter to the Clergy and Laity of the ROCOR Western Rite”, in which the Church called them to renounce Communion with the Moscow Patriarchate, and the World Patriarchates in general, and to receive the True Orthodox Faith and Practice, rejecting ecumenism, modernism, and Sergianism. This also called upon these Clergy and Laity to unite with our Synod, affirming a proper Orthodox Confession of Faith and a proper Orthodox Western Rite. This once again set out the position of our Metropolia against the Three-fold Heresies of Ecumenism, Modernism, and Sergianism, while also affirming the proper use of an Orthodox Western Rite (as oppose to the false versions promoted in the churches of “World Orthodoxy”).  Our Orthodox Metropolia affirms the propriety of any Orthodox Christian liturgical tradition in concord with the statement of the 1895 Encyclical of the Ecumenical Patriarchate (and of St. Photius the Great), which said:

In saying this we do not at all refer to the differences regarding the ritual of the sacred services and the hymns, or the sacred vestments, and the like, which matters, even though they still vary, as they did of old, do not in the least injure the substance and unity of the faith; but we refer to those essential differences which have reference to the divinely transmitted doctrines of the faith, and the divinely instituted canonical constitution of the administration of the Churches. ‘In cases where the thing disregarded is not the faith (says also the holy Photius), and is no falling away from any general and catholic decree, different rites and customs being observed among different people, a man who knows how to judge rightly would decide that neither do those who observe them act wrongly, nor do those who have not received them break the law.’

Metropolitan John, in fact, remains currently the only Orthodox Bishop who lives according to the Orthodox Western Rite at the Abbey of the Holy Name, with the monastics of the Abbey.


Unity Sought But Not at the Cost of Orthodoxy

Our Church currently maintains communion agreements with the True Orthodox Church of Greece, as headed by Metropolitan Cherubim of the Avlona Synod, as well as with the True Orthodox Church of Russia, as headed by Metropolitan Seraphim of Moscow.  We share a common Confession of Faith against Ecumenism, Modernism, and Sergianism, and strive to support each other in the Orthodox Christian Faith.  


Even in the Struggle the Gospel is Preached and the Church Grows

Our Synod held another important Synodal meeting in October of 2014, where Bishop Joseph of Edmonton was formally elevated to the rank of Archbishop.  This was preceded earlier that summer by the reception of several Orthodox Ukrainian communities, and a priest, from the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. 

Our Metropolia continues to allow and promote the usage of the Orthodox Western Rite in the strict context of dogmatic and canonical obedience, as all Orthodox liturgical usages must be. At the October Synod meeting, while the Eastern Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom was celebrated on a Saturday, the Orthodox Western Liturgy was celebrated, as always on Sundays and other days.

Metropolitan John also continued to encourage Orthodox Christian missionary work, with many small missions experiencing growth in California, Texas, Alabama, Florida, as well as eastern Canada and the British Isles.

In December 2016, His Eminence, Archbishop Joseph of Canada, an archpastor who built our Synod’s presence throughout Western Canada, reposed in the Lord after a long and quiet battle against cancer, which would only be known to the Synod in his last days. Archbishop Joseph’s work continues to grow and open traditional and True Orthodoxy to Ukrainian and other communities in Western Canada.

In 2018, long-suffering faithful of the Moscow Patriarchate in the Philippines appealed for administrative support from our True Orthodox Metropolia, and after a pastoral visit from the Metropolitan over a dozen new clergy were made and hundreds of Orthodox Christians joined our Holy Synod, with massive missionary growth occurring daily under their capable leadership using the Orthodox Western Rite. (Many are currently using the traditional Eastern services.)

Joyfully yet sorrowfully, in December of 2018 the repose of His Eminence Archbishop Hilarion of Texas, the second-highest ranking Bishop in the Metropolia, would be a blow to her ranks. One of the longest serving Bishops in the Metropolia, Archbishop Hilarion will be long remembered by all the faithful.

On October 18-20, 2019, to strengthen and replenish the Episcopate, three new vicar Bishops were consecrated: Bishop James of Whithorn and Dumfries for the British Isles, Bishop Lazr of Niagra for Canada, and Bishop Enoch of Apshawa as assistant Bishop to the Metropolitan in New Jersey. Cognizant of the missionary tasks before them, they work together to bring a unified, True Orthodox witness to a West that desperately needs the Church today.  His Eminence, Archbishop Gavrilo of Moravia, was blessed by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Angelos of Avlona (of blessed memory), to be co-consecrator for the Consecrations. 

Consecration of Bp. Lazr to the Episcopate by Metropolitan John and Archbishop Gavrilo.

Consecration of Bishop James to the Episcopate by Metropolitan John, Archbishop Gavrilo, and Bishop Lazr.

Consecration of Bishop Enoch to the Episcopate by Metropolitan John, Archbishop Gavrilo, Bishop Lazr, and Bishop James.


The Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of North and South America and the British Isles stands for the fullness of the Orthodox Christian Faith, and thus is commonly identified as True Orthodox.  The Metropolia condemns the heresies of Ecumenism, Modernism, and Sergianism, and seeks to convert all peoples to the True Orthodox Christian Faith and Praxis.  Our Metropolia is noticeable for allowing and promoting the usages of the Orthodox Eastern and Western Rites within the Canonical and Dogmatic Traditions of the Orthodox Christian Faith, and is an home for all those seeking traditional Orthodoxy, whether they come from a background that has recent ethnic ties to Orthodoxy, or those whose ancestors were anciently Orthodox, or those who have no Orthodox heritage. The Gospel is for all people, of whatever ancestry. Our Metropolia seeks the conversion of all to Orthodox Christianity.  The Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Apostolic Teachings, are for all people who seek salvation and obedience to God and His Church.


Metropolitan John visiting our Sister Synod in Avlona, Greece.